D. R. Karthikeyan

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D.R Kaarthikeyan
Director Central Bureau of Investigation
In office
31 January 1998 (1998-01-31) – 31 March 1998 (1998-03-31)
Preceded byR. C. Sharma
Succeeded byT. N. Mishra (acting)
Personal details
Born2 October 1939
Coimbatore, Kongunadu, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma materAnnamalai University
Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College, Chennai
OccupationCivil servant
AwardsPadma Shri

Devarayapuram Ramasamy Kaarthikeyan was an Indian Police Service officer (1964 Batch and Karnataka cadre) from Tamil Nadu, and a former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation and Director General, National Human Rights Commission.

Personal life[edit]

D.R. Kaarthikeyan was born to an agricultural family in a small village called Devarayapuram in Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and Agriculture from the Annamalai University. He worked in the field of agriculture in the ancestral farm of his native village for a year. He also obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from the Madras Law College and was enrolled as an Advocate in the Bar Council of Madras.

After passing the Combined Competitive Examinations for Senior Civil Services, he joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1964. Kaarthikeyan went through extensive training in that field which included being trained at the National Police Academy in Mount Abu.


Offices held[edit]

Kaarthikeyan has held various offices:[2]

  • Deputy Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Bangalore
  • Deputy Inspector General of Police, Karnataka State Intelligence Department
  • Head of Karnataka State Police Academy
  • Inspector General of Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Southern Sector, Hyderabad
  • First Secretary in the Embassy of India, Moscow, Russia (1974-1977)
  • Embassy of India, Sydney, Australia (1985-1989), promoting Indian exports to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji
  • Special Director General, Central Reserve Police Force
  • Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (1998)
  • Director General, National Human Rights Commission
  • President (Age-Care India, New Delhi)
  • President, Foundation for Peace, Harmony and Good Governance


Kaarthikeyan was awarded the Padma Shri in 2010 for his contribution to the field of Indian Civil Service.[3]

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case[edit]

Kaarthikeyan headed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.[4][5][6] At the invitation of INTERPOL, he made an audiovisual presentation of the investigation before an assembly of top police officers, who commended Kaarthikeyan for the model investigation.


  1. ^ "Former CBI officer, who probed Rajiv Gandhi assassination, passes away".
  2. ^ "Profile of D.R.Karthikeyan".
  3. ^ "Aamir, Rahman awarded Padma Bhushan". 31 March 2010. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  4. ^ Varughese, Suma. "Transformation - Interviews - D.R. Kaarthikeyan". Life Positive. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  5. ^ "The Rediff Interview/ D R Karthikeyan". Rediff. 14 May 1999. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  6. ^ "A crack investigative team". Frontline. 15 (3). 7–20 February 1998. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2010.